2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

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2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA 2015
(French)
Tournament logo
2015 FIFA Women's World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country Canada
Dates 6 June – 5 July
Teams 24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
2011
2019

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will be the seventh FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. In March 2011, Canada won the right to host the event. The tournament will be held from 6 June to 5 July.[1]

Host selection[edit]

The bidding for each FIFA Women's World Cup includes hosting rights for the previous year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup (similar to the men's version, in which the host nation stages the Confederations Cup the year before). Bids for the tournament were required to be submitted by December 2010. Only two bids were submitted:[2]

Zimbabwe withdrew on 1 March 2011.[3] The country was seen as a long shot, as its women's team was ranked 103rd in the world at the time of the bid, and has never qualified for a Women's World Cup. There is also ongoing political and economic instability in the country due to the Mugabe regime.[4]

Qualification[edit]

For this tournament, the number of teams will be expanded from 16 to 24, with the number of matches increasing from 32 to 52.[5] On 11 June 2012, FIFA announced a change to the allocation of the qualifying berths for its continental confederations. The FIFA Executive Committee approved the following slot allocation and the distribution of eight new slots:[6]

  • AFC (Asia): 5 slots (up from 3)
  • CAF (Africa): 3 slots (up from 2)
  • CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean): 3.5 slots (up from 2.5)
  • CONMEBOL (South America): 2.5 slots (up from 2)
  • OFC (Oceania): 1 slot (same as 2011)
  • UEFA (Europe): 8 slots (up from 4.5)
  • Host Nation: 1 slot (same as 2011)

After North Korea had several players test positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, FIFA banned the North Korean team from participating in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. This is the first time a women's team has ever been banned from a Women's World Cup, and it will be the first time since 1995 that North Korea will not participate in a Women's World Cup.[7]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Qualified as Qualification date Appearance
in final
Consecutive
streak
Previous best performance FIFA
Ranking
1
 Canada Hosts 3 March 2011 6th 6 Fourth place (2003) 8
 China PR 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup top four 17 May 2014 6th 1 Runners-up (1999) 14
 South Korea 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup top four 17 May 2014 2nd 1 First round (2003) 17
 Japan 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup top four 18 May 2014 7th 7 Winners (2011) 3
 Australia 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup top four 18 May 2014 6th 6 Quarterfinals (2007) 10
 Thailand 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup 5th place 21 May 2014 1st 1 Debut 30
 Switzerland UEFA qualification group 3 winner 15 June 2014 1st 1 Debut 18
 England UEFA qualification group 6 winner 21 August 2014 4th 3 Quarterfinals (1995, 2007, 2011) 7
 Norway UEFA qualification group 5 winner 13 September 2014 7th 7 Winners (1995) 9
 Germany UEFA qualification group 1 winner 13 September 2014 7th 7 Winners (2003, 2007) 2
 Spain UEFA qualification group 2 winner 13 September 2014 1st 1 Debut 16
 France UEFA qualification group 7 winner 13 September 2014 3rd 2 Fourth place (2011) 4
 Sweden UEFA qualification group 4 winner 17 September 2014 7th 7 Runners-up (2003) 5
 Brazil 2014 Copa América Femenina top two 26 September 2014 7th 7 Runners-up (2007) 6
 Colombia 2014 Copa América Femenina top two 28 September 2014 2nd 2 First Round (2011) 31
 Nigeria 2014 African Women's Championship top two 22 October 2014 7th 7 Quarterfinals (1999) 35
 Cameroon 2014 African Women's Championship top two 22 October 2014 1st 1 Debut 51
 Costa Rica 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship top two 24 October 2014 1st 1 Debut 40
 United States 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship top two 24 October 2014 7th 7 Winners (1991, 1999) 1

Broadcasting[edit]

The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will mark the first year of new rights deals in two North American markets. In its host country of Canada, coverage is expected to be televised by CTV and sister pay TV sports channel TSN.[8][9] United States English-language television and radio rights will be held by Fox Sports, NBC-owned Telemundo will handle Spanish-language television broadcasts, and Spanish-language radio rights were given to Andrés Cantor's Fútbol de Primera radio network.[10]

Mascot[edit]

On 17 June 2014, the mascot of the tournament, Shuéme, a female great white owl was unveiled at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.[11]

Venues[edit]

The cities of Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton have been selected to host tournament matches.[12] Halifax was also considered, but removed itself from contention in March 2012.[13] Toronto decided not to bid, due to potential conflicts with the 2015 Pan American Games.[14] Due to FIFA's policy against commercial sponsorship of stadium names, Investors Group Field in Winnipeg and TD Place Stadium in Ottawa will be known by generic names during the tournament.

Canada has previously hosted FIFA tournaments including the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship, 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which set an attendance record for that tournament.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup (Canada)
Montreal Edmonton Vancouver
Olympic Stadium Commonwealth Stadium BC Place
45°33′28″N 73°33′7″W / 45.55778°N 73.55194°W / 45.55778; -73.55194 (Olympic Stadium) 53°33′35″N 113°28′34″W / 53.55972°N 113.47611°W / 53.55972; -113.47611 (Commonwealth Stadium) 49°16′36″N 123°6′43″W / 49.27667°N 123.11194°W / 49.27667; -123.11194 (BC Place)
Capacity: 66,308 Capacity: 56,302 Capacity: 54,500
Olympic Stadium Soccer.JPG Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, August 2005.jpg BC Place 2011 Whitecaps.jpg
Winnipeg Ottawa Moncton
Investors Group Field TD Place Stadium Moncton Stadium
49°48′28″N 97°8′45″W / 49.80778°N 97.14583°W / 49.80778; -97.14583 (Investors Group Field) 45°23′53.44″N 75°41′1.14″W / 45.3981778°N 75.6836500°W / 45.3981778; -75.6836500 (Frank Clair Stadium) 46°6′30″N 64°47′0″W / 46.10833°N 64.78333°W / 46.10833; -64.78333 (Moncton Stadium)
Capacity: 33,422 (expandable to 40,000) Capacity: 24,000 (expandable to 40,000) Capacity: 10,000 (expandable to 20,725 +)
Investors Group CANnwt vs USnwt.png TDPlace.jpg New moncton stadium.JPG

Squads[edit]

Each team's squad for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will consist of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers), two more than the 2011 tournament, and the same number as men's World Cup squads. Each participating national association has to confirm their final 23-player squad no later than 10 working days before the start of the tournament. Replacement of seriously injured players is permitted until 24 hours before the team in question's first World Cup game.[15]

Group stage[edit]

The provisional match schedule for the tournament was released on 21 March 2013,[16] with the hosts, Canada, placed in position A1.[17] The draw will be held on 6 December 2014 at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Canada.[18]

The first round, or group stage, sees the twenty four teams divided into six groups of four teams. Each group is a round-robin of six games, where each team plays one match against each of the other teams in the same group. Teams are awarded three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat. The winners and runners-up from each group, as well as the best four third-placed teams, will qualify for the first round of the knockout stage.[15]

The ranking of each team in each group will be determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in all group matches;
  2. goal difference in all group matches;
  3. number of goals scored in all group matches;

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings will be determined as follows:

  1. points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  2. goal difference in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  3. number of goals scored in the group matches between the teams concerned;
  4. drawing of lots by the FIFA Organising Committee.

Group A[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Canada (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round or elimination
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 October 2014. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(H) Group host.
6 June 2015
Canada  Match 1 A2

6 June 2015
A3 Match 2 A4

11 June 2015
Canada  Match 13 A3

11 June 2015
A2 Match 14 A4

15 June 2015
A4 Match 25  Canada

15 June 2015
A2 Match 26 A3

Group B[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round or elimination
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 October 2014. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
7 June 2015
B1 Match 3 B2

7 June 2015
B3 Match 4 B4

11 June 2015
B1 Match 15 B3

11 June 2015
B2 Match 16 B4

15 June 2015
B4 Match 27 B1

15 June 2015
B2 Match 28 B3

Group C[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round or elimination
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 October 2014. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
8 June 2015
C1 Match 5 C2

8 June 2015
C3 Match 6 C4

12 June 2015
C1 Match 17 C3

12 June 2015
C2 Match 18 C4

16 June 2015
C4 Match 29 C1

16 June 2015
C2 Match 30 C3

Group D[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round or elimination
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 October 2014. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
8 June 2015
D1 Match 7 D2

8 June 2015
D3 Match 8 D4

12 June 2015
D1 Match 19 D3

12 June 2015
D2 Match 20 D4

16 June 2015
D4 Match 31 D1

16 June 2015
D2 Match 32 D3

Group E[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round or elimination
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 October 2014. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
9 June 2015
E1 Match 9 E2

9 June 2015
E3 Match 10 E4

13 June 2015
E1 Match 21 E3

13 June 2015
E2 Match 22 E4

17 June 2015
E4 Match 33 E1

17 June 2015
E2 Match 34 E3

Group F[edit]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round or elimination
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 October 2014. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
9 June 2015
F1 Match 11 F2

9 June 2015
F3 Match 12 F4

13 June 2015
F1 Match 23 F3

13 June 2015
F2 Match 24 F4

17 June 2015
F4 Match 35 F1

17 June 2015
F2 Match 36 F3

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

The four best teams among those ranked third will be determined as follows:[15]

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout round
B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 October 2014. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) drawing of lots.

Those teams which advance will be placed with the winners of groups A, B, C and D according to a table published in Section 28 of the tournament regulations.[15]

Knockout stage[edit]

The knockout stage comprises the sixteen teams that advanced from the group stage of the tournament. There are four rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds are the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final. There is also a play-off to decide third and fourth place. For each game in the knockout stage, any draw at 90 minutes is followed by thirty minutes of extra time; if scores are still level, there is a penalty shootout to determine who progresses to the next round.[15]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
20 June – Edmonton            
 Runner-up Group A  
26 June – Ottawa
 Runner-up Group C    
 Winner Match 37  
22 June – Edmonton
   Winner Match 38    
 Winner Group D  
30 June – Montreal
 3rd Group B / E / F    
 Winner Match 45  
20 June – Ottawa
   Winner Match 46    
 Winner Group B  
26 June – Montreal
 3rd Group A / C / D    
 Winner Match 39  
21 June – Montreal
   Winner Match 40    
 Winner Group F  
5 July – Vancouver
 Runner-up Group E    
 Winner Match 49  
21 June – Moncton
   Winner Match 50  
 Winner Group E  
27 June – Edmonton
 Runner-up Group D    
 Winner Match 41  
23 June – Vancouver
   Winner Match 42    
 Winner Group C  
1 July – Edmonton
 3rd Group A / B / F    
 Winner Match 47  
22 June – Ottawa
   Winner Match 48     Third Place
 Runner-up Group B  
27 June – Vancouver 4 July – Edmonton
 Runner-up Group F    
 Winner Match 43    Loser Match 49  
21 June – Vancouver
   Winner Match 44      Loser Match 50  
 Winner Group A  
 3rd Group C / D / E    

Round of 16[edit]

20 June 2015
Runner-up Group A Match 37 Runner-up Group C

20 June 2015
Winner Group B Match 39 3rd Group A / C / D

21 June 2015
Winner Group F Match 40 Runner-up Group E

21 June 2015
Winner Group E Match 41 Runner-up Group D

21 June 2015
Winner Group A Match 44 3rd Group C / D / E

22 June 2015
Winner Group D Match 38 3rd Group B / E / F

22 June 2015
Runner-up Group B Match 43 Runner-up Group F

23 June 2015
Winner Group C Match 42 3rd Group A / B / F

Quarterfinals[edit]

26 June 2015
Winner Match 37 Match 45 Winner Match 38

26 June 2015
Winner Match 39 Match 46 Winner Match 40

27 June 2015
Winner Match 41 Match 47 Winner Match 42

27 June 2015
Winner Match 43 Match 48 Winner Match 44

Semifinals[edit]

30 June 2015
Winner Match 45 Match 49 Winner Match 46

1 July 2015
Winner Match 47 Match 50 Winner Match 48

Third place play-off[edit]

4 July 2015
Loser Match 49 Match 51 Loser Match 50

Final[edit]

5 July 2015
Winner Match 49 Match 52 Winner Match 50

Controversies[edit]

Artificial turf[edit]

The venues will consist of fields with artificial turf which some believe make players more susceptible to injuries. Over 50 of the female athletes are protesting against the use of turf on the basis of gender discrimination.[19][20] The 2012 Women's World Player of the Year, Abby Wambach noted "The men would strike playing on artificial turf."[21] The controversial issue of gender equality and an equal playing field for all has sparked debate in many countries around the world. A lawsuit was filed on 1 October 2014 in an Ontario tribunal court by a group of women's international soccer players against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association and specifically points out that in 1994 FIFA spent $2 million dollars to plant natural grass over artificial turf in New Jersey and Detroit.[22] Various celebrities are showing their support for the women soccer players in defence of their lawsuit, including actor Tom Hanks, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and US men's team keeper Tim Howard. Even with the possibility of boycotts, FIFA's head of women's competitions, Tatjana Haenni, has made it clear "We play on artificial turf and there's no Plan B."[23][24]

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